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New recruits tour District 8
Eleven of CFA’s newest firefighters toured nine facilities and fire stations across District 8 on Tuesday (12 July).
The new recruits based at Cranbourne, Mornington, Patterson River, Rosebud and Pakenham revelled in the opportunity to visit the new District 8 Headquarters, a District Mechanical Officers workshop, and fire stations in Dandenong, Frankston, Rosebud, Pakenham, Hallam and Springvale.
Along the way, recruits met a range of senior managers including Operations Manager Mark Kennedy who showed them around Headquarters, Assistant Chief Officer Trevor Owen, and District Mechanical Officers Glen Mumford and Peter Towan.
Station Officer Sam Webb guided the group and coordinated the tour. Sam highlighted that the key benefit for new recruits in participating in this tour was they saw the differences between stations.
“Often we pick up shifts at different fire stations across the district, so a tour early on gives our recruits an opportunity to get familiar with areas they may need to work at,” he said.
“Meeting senior staff and other members give these new members a chance to start building relationships across the district and enhance their understanding of the different challenges and requirements of each brigade and CFA facility.
“I was really impressed with the level of professionalism, politeness and positiveness of these recruits. I’m sure their skills, knowledge and attitudes will help them flourish further from where they are now, representing CFA and District 08 to a high standard throughout their careers.”
Cranbourne Firefighter Chris Whelan benefited from the tour.
“It was great to see every station we could be deployed to, so we know where to go and prepare for the start of shift at a different location. For example, we saw where the site entrance, kit room and special features were,” Mr Whelan said.
“We’ve met many other members of CFA at these locations, so again when we arrive for a shift, we may recognise a few faces.
“It was also very valuable to visit the district’s HQ and meet everyone who works there, which we’re likely to deal with during our career with CFA.”
District 8 has been running these tours for new recruits for several years.